Birchington Silver Band

Birchington Silver Band is a local brass band as well as the official town band of Les Mureaux (France). We are a well-established and friendly band with a membership of more than 25.

 

The band gives regular concerts at Birchington Village Centre on the last Sunday of the month, from September to May. During the summer months, we play at various bandstands; and during the Christmas period, we go out carolling at various supermarkets. We also perform on request for a few local venues.

 

Looking back at 2022

Membership has fluctuated over the year; losing some members and gaining more. Some new members include Martin (Trombone), Sian (Euphonium & Social Secretary) and Susan (Cornet). We even welcomed back a familiar face on the Cornet section, Tom.

 

Back in June, the band provided music for local events in celebration of the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee, including for the Beacon Lighting at Epple Bay and a church service at Dog Acre.

 

In September, following the sad passing of Queen Elizabeth II, several of our players provided music support at various local formal events.

 

Later in the year, the band played at Remembrance events in Westbrook and Birchington. One of the younger members of the band, Cameron, even led Birchington’s Remembrance Parade with the big drum.

 

During the Christmas period, we could be found Carolling at Tesco Westwood and Reculver Church, as well as having our spectacular annual Christmas concert with our special guest – Santa!

 

If you play or have played a brass instrument, or even want to learn, join us by getting in touch! The band welcomes player of all abilities. We can offer lessons for youngsters and people wishing to take up playing. We can also give access to instruments and offer a warm friendly environment for all.

 

Dates for your diary:

March 26th – Birchington Village Centre – 2:30pm

April 30th – Birchington Village Centre – 2:30pm

May 28th – Birchington Village Centre – 2:30pm

 

For further information find us on Facebook or visit www.birchingtonsilverband.co.uk. Alternatively, contact Teresa Mannering (Secretary) by emailing [email protected]

 

Originally published on Page 30 of Birchington Parish Council Magazine, March 2023 – Issue 52

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